This week’s VC releases: “Do I have time to take a nap before the fight?”

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You see that password up there? You just might need it. Among this week’s Virtual Console releases is Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES, 500 points). For those old school gamers reading, don’t be alarmed. This is the same classic game that you remember, except that it’s just missing the ear-biting, woman-abusing pugilist, Mike Tyson.

The game was re-released in 1990 without Tyson’s name attached and with his sprite replaced with that of Mr. Dream. While many believe this was due to the rape scandal/conviction involving a Miss Teen America, this is said to not be true.

Historians will blame contract disputes and a loss to James “Buster” Douglas (who was featured in a terrible Genesis game) for the removal of his name and likeness. But let’s be real — if Mario raped a Miss Teen America, Super Mario Galaxy could easily be turned into Mr. Dream’s Space Adventure.

Other games rounding out this week are Virtua Fighter 2 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points) and Bonk’s Revenge (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points). Hit the jump for the full press release, sans rape and ear biting references.

April 16, 2007

Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Announced for Wii Shop Channel

Three classic games from three classic systems.  The only problem you’ll have this week is deciding which one to download first.  For the best retro gaming around, it’s time to pay a visit to the popular Wii(TM) video game system’s Wii Shop Channel.

Three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time.  Nintendo adds new games to the channel every Monday.  Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points(TM) to download the games.  Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets.  This week’s new games are:

Punch Out!!(R) Featuring Mr. Dream (NES(R), 1 player, 500 Wii Points): As young boxer Little Mac, players have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to battle the big guys of the World Video Boxing Association circuit.  Take them on one by one, starting with skinny Glass Joe.  Battle up through King Hippo and all the way to the WVBA Champion himself.  Players use their best jabs, hooks and power uppercuts to knock out opponents, but must pay attention to subtle changes in their body position to dodge jaw-breaking blows. With great graphics, addictive action and a touch of humor, this game will keep players entertained for hours.

Virtua Fighter(TM) 2 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): Virtua Fighter was the very first 3-D fighting game in the industry and introduced six unique characters, each with their own martial arts style.  In Virtua Fighter 2, the intrepid fighters return to the World Fighting Tournament. Players take to the stage to see who will claim the championship title.  Will it be Lau Chan, Kage-Maru, Wolf Hawkfield, Jeffry McWild, Akira Yuki, Jacky Bryant, Sarah Bryant or Pai Chan? The answer lies within. Players immerse themselves in this technically challenging game and see if they have what it takes to be the champion of the second World Fighting Tournament.

Bonk’s Revenge (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): The “hardheaded” hero is back for more in the second installment of the Bonk series.  Taking place in the Monster Kingdom, Bonk the Caveman makes his way toward King Drool III. Bonk’s Revenge is a side-scrolling action game in which players Jump and “Bonk” (head-butt) their enemies while they make their way to the goal at the end of each stage.  Double, even triple, attack power by eating the meat that appears in a stage.  There are eight different hidden bonus stages, and the Dinosaur Train that appears after players defeat a boss will change depending on how many Smileys they’ve collected. With new actions such as the Triangle Jump and the ability to climb trees, as well as seven variety-packed stages, Bonk’s Revenge will keep players playing over and over.

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